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clergy Collective organization of ordained or consecrated priests and ministers, especially of the Christian Church. In the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican Churches, the clergy comprise the orders of bishop, priest and deacon, and may also include members of religious orders. In these churches, bishops exercise authority over priests and deacons. In non-episcopal Protestant Churches, the clergy consist of pastors and ministers. Functions of the clergy include administration of the sacrament, preaching and the exercise of spiritual guidance. See also ordination of women

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clergy the body of all people ordained for religious duties, especially in the Christian Church. Recorded from Middle English, the word comes via Old French, based on ecclesiastical Latin clericus ‘clergyman’, from Greek klērikos ‘belonging to the Christian clergy’, from klēros ‘lot, heritage’ (Acts 1:26, ‘And they gave forth their lots, and the lot fell upon Matthias’, in the account of the choosing of a twelfth apostle to replace Judas).

See also benefit of clergy.

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clergy A generic term used for ordained religious leaders, deriving from ‘clericus’, a clerk in Holy Orders (bishop, priest, or deacon). In the Christian tradition, ordination creates a status, but not necessarily a role or occupation. However, in recent times it has become professional, though showing discrepancy between (high) prestige and (low) income, compared to other occupations.

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Clergy (Gk. kleros, an object used in casting lots, as by Jewish priests, Deuteronomy 18. 1 ff.). Designated religious leaders, especially in Christianity by means of ordination. The term ‘clergy’ is sometimes used of functionaries in other religions (e.g. mullahs in Islam), but none have anything like the same order or succession or duties.

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clergy
A. .body of ordained men in the Church;

B. .learning (survived in legal phr. benefit of clergy). XIII. repr. two F. words, (O)F. clergé :- ecclL. clēricātus, f. clēricus (see CLERK, -ATE 1), and (O)F. clergie, f. clerc CLERK + -ie -Y 3.

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cler·gy / ˈklərjē/ • n. (pl. -gies) [usu. treated as pl.] the body of all people ordained for religious duties, esp. in the Christian Church: all marriages were to be solemnized by the clergy.

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CLERGY

This entry includes three subentries:

PROTESTANT CLERGY ROMAN CATHOLIC CLERGY RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CLERGY

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